The Limestone University Real Men Lead Program (RMLP) will strengthen the University’s efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate Black American males by taking a holistic approach to academic and student support services for all Limestone students through the implementation of intentional and culturally responsive services targeting academic preparedness, college etiquette, student engagement, campus and community leadership, post-graduation planning and career placement.
The Limestone University Real Men Lead Program, funded by a Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) Grant, will work to support Black male students by using the following best practices/strategies to increase their engagement, persistence, and college graduation rates:
Each program participant will enroll in ID 150 The Saint Experience course. During this common period, students will engage in activities associated with the academic support for the Real Men Lead Program.
Mentoring will include peer-to-peer and adult-to-student mentoring relationships that foster a sense of inclusion, support students, and provide mentees with advice or guidance on resolving academic or personal issues.
The S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Leadership Academy (helping Students Understand Careers, Capital, Education Systems, and Success) will focus on developing leadership skills, strengthening professional skills, gaining financial literacy, and completing service-learning projects. The leadership curriculum will expose participants to current leadership trends and issues significant to leadership development. Other activities will include:
Some need-based scholarships and financial aid will be available for participants.
The Real Men Lead Advisory Board will consist of strategically selected individuals from the University and the community who are passionate about the program’s mission to improve the academic and professional success of black males. The Board’s primary responsibilities will be:
The membership of the Advisory Board will include: